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September 17, 2012 9:54:46 PM

I am looking for the best single GPU solution for a single 2560x1440 monitor. I have narrowed it down to 4 choices.

ASUS GTX 680 DCIIT

Gigabyte GTX 680 SOC

MSI GTX 680 Lightning

Galaxy GTX 680 SOC

I plan to SLI in the future, but my mobo can support two triple slot cards so space is not an issue, nor is money. I am looking for the best in terms of balance between raw power, temps and noise. I will be OCing as well.

My only gripe with the Galaxy is, while it has the highest factory OC it also has no straight DVI ports, only mini HDMI and DP. So can it still handle the res I am looking to game at? Or can it handle at most, 1920x1200?

As for the Gigabyte, I heard it is kind of loud with its 5 fan design. However I will be gaming with headphones so I am not sure this will be a huge problem?

So which of these would be the best for my needs?

I plan to play SWTOR, Skyrim, MP3, Metro 2033, Crysis (2), Borderlands (2), BF3, MW3, Diablo 3, LoL, Fallout and possibly a couple others.

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September 17, 2012 10:14:53 PM

I am a big fan of Asus's design with 3 slots and slower more quiet fans.

I am not sure how much overclocking room that opens up.
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September 17, 2012 10:17:40 PM

Asus is probably the top choice right now aside from the Lightning. Though with a full coverage water block coming out for the Gig SOC it is looking more and more appealing.
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September 17, 2012 10:27:17 PM

I have the Gig SOC in my list already but I cannot get the other here in the states, which i should have mentioned I live in. haha Thanks though. i know the 7970 is cheaper but there are some issues with CFX and some games like Skyrim, which I play a lot. Mainly the reason I am willing to pay the extra for the 680.
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September 17, 2012 10:48:17 PM

See this:

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/GeForce-GTX-680-RoundUp-...

These 2 cards are their recommendation and with good reason:

Gigabyte GTX 680 OC w/ Windforce
MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition OC

I also suggest MSI 670, it is not worth it to pay more for a GTX 680, the difference in performance is less than 10% (as many reviewers claim, they can't be all wrong).

As far as which is the best card, it is probably Asus 680 TOP or MSI 680 lighting. My vote goes to Asus from what I have read, still I am not certain though, one thing that is for sure as that both are overclocking like a monster.
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September 17, 2012 10:54:29 PM

2560x1440p you will be better of with a 7970Ghz and its 3GB of vram
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September 17, 2012 10:55:16 PM

BigMack70 said:
For 1440p gaming, the 7970 GHz is the best single GPU solution (especially if you're factoring in overclocking), and this is the best version unless you want to burn an $700 to get the Toxic model:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper than your GTX 680 options and performs better too. :bounce: 

It does out perform the 680 in most cases it seems, but once you get to SLI/CFX the 680 pulls ahead by a good margin. I know the title says this is the best single GPU solution but I did also state I plan to add another card in the future. Still, I will consider it. Thanks. =]
XXStavrosXX said:
See this:

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/GeForce-GTX-680-RoundUp-...

These 2 cards are their recommendation and with good reason:

Gigabyte GTX 680 OC w/ Windforce
MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition OC

I also suggest MSI 670, it is not worth it to pay more for a GTX 680, the difference in performance is less than 10% (as many reviewers claim, they can't be all wrong).

As far as which is the best card, it is probably Asus 680 TOP or MSI 680 lighting. My vote goes to Asus from what I have read, still I am not certain though, one thing that is for sure as that both are overclocking like a monster.

I was considering a 670 before but then I decided to go with the 680 eventhough it is not hugely more powerful, in SLI it does start to pull ahead a little more. I also agree with the ASUS and MSI being the top two right now, probably leaning towards the ASUS at the moment but none of the others are out of the race yet. Just sent an email to Galaxy reguarding the max res of their 680 SOC, so that will help a great deal with determining my decision.
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September 17, 2012 10:56:01 PM

redeemer said:
2560x1440p you will be better of with a 7970Ghz and its 3GB of vram

Would you also suggest the Vapor-X edition if i do go with a 7970?
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September 17, 2012 11:06:15 PM

I was considering that as well, SLI 680's JUST outperform a single 690 by a small margin and it would be at least $100-$150 cheaper to get a single 690. Plus like you said less noise and less power consumption IIRC. That is definitely an option. I will really have to think abou that. Thanks for the suggestion.

Is there any real difference between the EVGA and ASUS 690's?
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September 17, 2012 11:11:03 PM

Evga superclocked 690 is just a little slower but considerably cheaper than Asus, a better buy especially if u plan to sli later.

Also Vapor-X version of Sapphire 7970 is a better buy when you plan to overclock.
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September 17, 2012 11:26:08 PM

Yeah with OCing I think it should easily get to stock 680 SLI levels. Even without OCing it should do everything I want and much more. Also, like I said before it is almost $100 less than dual 680 DCIIT's and over $200 cheaper than dual 680 Lightning GPU's. i think it should be perfect. Thanks for the suggestion.
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September 17, 2012 11:28:59 PM

Best answer selected by MX5J6.
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September 17, 2012 11:29:14 PM

See what's available and the price on each. Personally I refer the MSI solution.

Any reason your only looking at the 680's? Another solution may work just as well depending on what your doing.
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